Pest Management Project

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Case for change

“Skills in pest management, including wild dogs,” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast (see page 51). Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 51)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review the Certificate III in Pest Management and the related skill set and units of competency so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

Scroll down to view the qualification, skill set and list of units that will be reviewed in this project, and the various skilled activities they cover.

Pests and weeds cost farmers billions of dollars a year in livestock losses, disease transmission and controls. Skills to support various methods, regulations and standards for trapping and eradicating pests will be considered when reviewing the current qualification, skill sets and units. Specialisations in Vertebrate Pest Management and/or Pest Animal Control and Weed Management will also be considered in the review of the Certificate III in Pest Management.

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Relevant Occupations

Wild dog control professionals, council workers, pest controllers, rangers, farm workers and managers, chemical-spraying contractors.


Key deliverables
  • Review and improvement of 1 qualification
  • Review and improvement of 28 units
  • Review and improvement of 1 skills set
  • Development of up to 5 new units and/or skill sets, as identified during review



August 2017
Initial scoping

September, October 2017
Review process commencement

November, December 2017
Industry consultation of draft materials

February 2018
Industry validation of final drafts

March 2018
Finalisation of Training Package components

April, May 2018
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement


Project Team
Sam Papasidero Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact
Wayne Jones Industry Skills Standards Manager, Skills Impact
Ron Barrow Skills Development Specialist, Nestor Consulting


Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units and qualification.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to

Opportunities for stakeholder input:

Below is a list of the current and existing qualification, skill set and units of competency that will be reviewed as part of this project. To view a specific qualification, skill set or unit, please click on the title.

We are seeking your feedback on how these documents could be reviewed to address the following industry skill needs:

  • Weed control strategies
  • Vertebrate pest control strategies
  • Invertebrate pest control strategies
  • Pest animal controller (including; wild dogs, feral pigs, feral, goats, foxes, rabbits)

Your feedback will help us in drafting the revised skill sets and units.

To provide feedback, please email Wayne Jones



Subject Matter Experts are currently being consulted to draft the revised Certificate III in Pest Management, skill set and units. Feedback from industry on the existing qualification and units is also being considered as part of this process.

Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in November, when drafts will be made available for comment on this webpage.

Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place in November across states and territories, to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft materials in person. If required, one or more webinars will be also be held. Please feel free to register your attendance by clicking the corresponding link.


Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

9 Nov 17, 10:30 – 12:30 – Adelaide, SA – register here

14 Nov 17, 13:00 – 15:00 – Perth, WA – register here

16 Nov 17, 13:00 – 15:00 – Darwin, NT – register here

22 Nov 17, 13:30 – 15:30 – Brisbane, QLD – register here

23 Nov 17, 13:30 – 15:30 – Orange, NSW – register here

29 Nov 17, 12:30 – 14:30 – Launceston, TAS – register here

30 Nov 17, 12:30 – 14:30 – Bendigo, VIC – register here


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